2019-20 Season Preview: Sheehan
2018-19 Record: 14-5-1
Tournament Result: As 4-seed lost in the Division III Championship to 2-seed LHK 6-2
Head Coach: Dave Festa (12th season)
Key Returning Players: Devin Napoli (F, Sr.), Joe Romano (F, Jr.), Anthony Romano (F, Jr.), Luke Festa (F, Jr.), Dayton Allderige (F, Sr.), Joey Richo (F, Jr.), Brendan Connery (D, Jr.), James Stratton (D, So.)
Impact Newcomers: Justin Lyon (G, Fr.), Luca Mange (G, So.), Billy Totz (F, Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Tyler Robertson will undoubtedly be missed. Robertson brought a sense of stability to the net for Sheehan for the past few years. Now, freshman Justin Lyons and sophomore Luca Mange will look to step in and fill his void. This goalie battle appears to be wide open.
Key Losses: Jake Festa, Tyler Robertson, Nick Spina
Outlook: This is one of those rosters you look at, compare to current opposition and scoff at the idea that anyone should beat them at their level. Sure Sheehan is playing eight games above the DIII level including maintaining their two game, rivalry set with LHK, but among those remaining 12 games, they’ll likely be two touchdown favorites in just about all of them. Hand moved up to DII, as did LHK. These were Sheehan’s main stumbling blocks last year. Sheehan returns close to the same roster offensively losing just Jake Festa and Nick Spina. In net, Sheehan simply needs a body that is willing to compete and play a smart, competent brand, not steal the show because they have an offense that should put up some seriously crooked numbers. They’re led by senior Devin Napoli, a 37 point scorer from a year ago. Twin juniors Anthony and Joe Romano need no introduction while guys like juniors Luke Festa (35 points) and Joey Richo (29 points) would be highlighted on any other club. Senior Dayton Allderige adds to some depth to forward as well. On D, sophomore James Stratton, a CTHSHockey Freshman of the Year nominee is partnered with the gifted junior Brendan Connery on a unit that should be strong. Sheehan will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after how it ended last year. Losing 6-2 to your bitter rival in a state championship is something you don’t ever forget. Because of that, Sheehan will do everything in their power this year to make that a distant memory. I trust that they will.